Boy with a Knife
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- Los Angeles Community Chest (United Way)
SHOWS HOW A GROUP WORKER REACHES A GANG OF BOYS WHO HAVE EMOTIONAL CONFLICTS. TELLS STORY OF JERRY, WHO DEPENDS UPON HIS KNIFE AS AN EQUALIZER TO SOLVE HIS FRUSTRATIONS. PICTURES JERRY IN UNHAPPY HOME DOMINATED BY HIS STEPMOTHER. HAPPY ENDING.
Ken Smith sez: Even though this film is narrated by Richard Widmark and stars Chuck Connors (as "Bud Williams," the social worker), it's too much of a melodrama to be entertaining.
Teenaged brat "Jerry" and his gang of irritating delinquents are the focus of Chuck's efforts, but this maddeningly liberal film (sponsored by Chicago community fund organizations) blames everybody but the boys for their "dangerous, seething hostility." Don't miss the dramatic finale, where Jerry disembowels his mother's sofa cushions with his switchblade.
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY CRIME KNIVES GROUPS BOYS STEPMOTHERS FAMILIES FRUSTRATION EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS CONFLICTS CONNORS, CHUCK ACTORS ADOLESCENTS SOCIAL WORK TEENAGERS HOMES HOUSES BEHAVIOR
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- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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A lot happens in this short 19 minutes. Beautifully done. The acting is great, as is Richard Widmark's narration. It handles a delicate situation with a lot of heart and seems to understand the process of trying to get on the kids' side so as to ultimately help them. The morons below who can't come up with anything better to comment upon than some (completely non-existent) sexual undertones are just like the kids in this film - cracking jokes and clowning around as an alternative to using their heads.
5 stars for this one; loved it.
Subject: Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...
Oh, and Jerry has an ominous knife fetish. Gradually, Chuck Connors constant attention gets the job done, the boys form a club and elect officers!. Jerry's Dad develops a backbone and we're led to believe the boys are on their way to
becoming constructive citizens. The way Connors insinuates himself into the boys' circle, let's hope the producers of "Boys Beware" don't see this film!
Couple of notes: the narrator is Richard Widmark who made his reputation playing psychopaths and the actor who plays Jerry's little half-brother (in a non-speaking role) looks like the guy who played Eddie Haskell on "Leave It To Beaver".
I was looking around for similar films which would include the "issue" of rock and roll. It's hard to believe that there are none. After all rock n roll music was on the rise in the 50's and many people didn't like it. Any links folks?
Subject: Reading 5 year old reviews
This was a well done educational film from the 50s. I've always enjoyed Chuck Connors, and it's refreshing to know he did something for the community.
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Subject: Simplistic, but a try.
Subject: In agreement
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Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Very good doc!
Subject: Boy with a knife, an annoying Stepmom, a aloof Dad, etc..
Okay acting all around, the stepmom actress just chews the scenery though.
Finally, am I wrong, or is this film subtly homo-erotic? Especially the end (watch Chuck Connors in the car (was he really wanting the knife?)
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